We had a very productive week and Saturday work day this past weekend, and the new chapel space is coming along very nicely. Work on the iconostasis is complete, and we are now awaiting the arrival of our icons.
There is still work to do, and we need to acquire many of the furnishings for the chapel; we are forever grateful to those gracious benefactors who have already donated icons, a chalice set, and money toward the construction of the iconostasis. But, we are moving ever closer to having a fully functional space appropriate for Orthodox worship. Our goal of having the chapel completed by March seems right on target.
We have moved into our permanent space and are beginning the refurbishment of the space for Orthodox worship. We have embarked on an ambitious project to get the chapel ready for our first liturgy in mid March. There will be work days announced on the calendar for Saturdays (and probably some Sundays after services) for us to be able to accomplish this goal in such a short span of time.
We greatly appreciate all the hard work and the gifts already given to make St John Cassian possible. However, as we continue to grow, so do our needs. If you would like to be a benefactor of the chapel, here is a list of our present needs:
- Seven-branch candelabra
- Gospel book and cover
- Lampadas (and hooks)
- Priest’s blessing cross
- Altar table standing cross
- Altar tabernacle
- Processional fans
- Corpus icon for the Cross
If you would like to donate any of these items on your own behalf or in memory of a loved one, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, continue to keep us in your prayers as we move forward through this exciting new phase!
It has been an exciting year for St John Cassian Chapel. This week, we will move on to the next phase in establishing a new mission as we transition from our weekly rental space to our new, semi-permanent location. The new location will provide us with space to have a more traditional worship environment, along with the luxury of not having to set up and take down everything for every service. It will also afford us the opportunity to have more services, more often–and we encourage you to visit us!
We will post pictures of our chapel progress as it is made. We are very thankful for your continued prayers and support.
This month’s monastery weekend will be December 19th & 20th. We will be there for St Nicholas’ feast day.